Start or Grow Your Veteran-Owned Business
Nearly one in four active duty service members and veterans want to open and operate their own business. Opportunity, freedom, and solving problems attract them to the challenge of owning a business. If you’re looking to join the ranks of the 2.4 million military veterans who run their own business (U.S. Census), we can assist you.
The UCF Business Incubation Program recognizes veterans are equipped with a powerful set of skills including leadership, striving for excellence and completing the mission. Through the incubator’s Veterans Initiative, we help veterans realize and leverage those skills in an entrepreneurial setting. Whether you’re veteran looking to explore an idea for a potential business or need help scaling your existing company, Our Mission is to empower and support veteran entrepreneurs through business guidance, education and mentorship.
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Through our partnership with Veterans Florida, the Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program provides a 15-week course, consisting of both online and in-person training where veterans learn to test and validate their ideas or business concepts using the Business Model Canvas and Lean Startup Methodology.
Educational Phase (January 16, 2017- May 6, 2017)
During this fifteen-week period, selected participants will attend in-class training to be held every two weeks on Saturdays at one of seven participating institutions of higher education. This phase will prepare participants for all elements of entrepreneurship. The face-to-face instruction will provide an opportunity for hands-on learning and application of fundamental principles facilitated by business experts. The curriculum will include concepts ranging from crafting a business plan to accessing capital for new business ventures. Participants will need to complete online coursework in between the Saturday sessions. Facilitators will work intensively and directly with participants to develop an entrepreneurial skillset and test a scalable business model using the Lean Startup Method.
Ongoing Business Mentoring Phase
Following successful completion of the educational phase, participants will receive ongoing mentoring and coaching from incubator staff, business mentors and leaders. This phase of the program will enable participants to receive hands-on guidance to navigate common entrepreneurial challenges and to receive specific feedback designed to accelerate their entrepreneurial success.
Support Network & Workshops
Veterans entrepreneurs gain access to the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and support network through one-on-one coaching and ongoing workshops on topics relevant to emerging businesses.